Château La Commanderie

Plaigne, France

Château La Commanderie in Plaigne is one of the rare Cathar castles still inhabited. La Commanderie was built in the 12th century by Guillaume de Plaigne, a Cathar Lord, who took an active role in the massacre of Avignonet and afterwards joined the besieged stronghold as a member of the garrison, along with his brother, at the famous siege of Montségur.

In the 16th century, Barthelemy de Plaigne extended the château. It was sold the Knights of Malta (The Knights Hospitaller) in the 17th century. In the 19th century, the chateau belonged to Mr de Nicol, who modernised the building, and it remained in this family for a century, the last descent being Vilolette de Ferluc.

Today, the imposing castle retains its original spirit of an ancient medieval castle, but modernised to create a family home. It has been beautifully decorated by the current artist-owner and her family, creating a grand but comfortable setting for a holiday, family or company event.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)


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Famille Pou Chab. Alef. (8 months ago)
En cette période si particulière je repense à nos vacances ...We had such a good time last year at the “Commanderie” with the all family. The place is just so peaceful and beautiful. I hope we will be able to come back as soon is possible for a nice event with all our best friends.. Vivement la prochaine rencontre!,
Jen Connell (2 years ago)
Dream wedding venue and perfect family holiday stay! The chateau is gorgeous with plenty of indoor and outdoor options for a large wedding. We stayed for a full week and enjoyed the generously sized pool and grounds. With the chateau and cottage there's room for 28 people. Rebecca was fantastic and helped us find wedding vendors and local suppliers. Mirepoix is 10/15 mins away by car with all the amenities you could want, shops, pubs, restaurants etc. Looking forward to our next visit!
cherry thatcher (2 years ago)
Great venue for a diy wedding weekend.
Thiebauld WildRoses (3 years ago)
I photograph a lovely english wedding there, gorgeous historic location, big park, beautiful outdoors. Couple was very happy !
Margaret Eveleigh (3 years ago)
Beautiful chateau set in beautiful surroundings. Perfect to celebrate our daughters marriage. We used outside caterers, photographer, hairdresser and florist who made the day perfect. Family and friends all enjoyed themselves. The chateau is very close to Belpech which is ideal to purchase groceries. It is also about 15mins away from Mirepoix which has a fantastic Monday market.
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